Sander participated in his first 5k race today. The race was for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) a rare blood related cancer. A mother of a good friend has this cancer and we have been doing this race since its beginning. I believe we only missed one year. Chris even got second place in his division his first year.
This year Chris ran (although was nursing a bad ankle so was not out to defend his title) and I pushed Sander in the stroller and was joined by Aunt Nicole. Sander slept most of the way and Nicole and fought our way to the front of the walkers and ended up finishing 234 and 235 overall. Uncle Sven finished 19th overall. Maybe next year he can push Sander that way Sander can be the first baby across the finish line.
There were many other friends at the race too and we were able to find a restaurant nearby so that we could all have breakfast. It was a beautiful San Francisco morning. Hard to beat that for Sander’s first race.
Grandma and Grandpa Courtney came to visit Sander (oh and us too). On Saturday we all headed out in the Nano Van for its first day trip. We drove up to the top of Mount Hamilton where we visited the Lick Observatory. The observatory is at 4000 feet above sea level and there are a reported 365 turns to get there. None of us counted but we sure felt them all. We passed many cyclists on the way up and met two who made it to the top in about three hours. There were not too many people there when we first got there and we had an almost private tour of one of the telescope’s. Grandma made Sander laugh the hardest he ever has, which is captured in the picture above.
We headed down the other side of the hill to look for a fabled hamburger stand. We found The Junction, which was a cross between a rancher bar and a cyclists pit stop. Having both Bud on tap and a fridge full of Gatorade. Who could ask for more. We all enjoyed our hamburgers and continued on the winding road down the hill.
Our last stop on the trip was at a winery in Livermore where the road came out of the hills. We all tasted some great wines. It was our first time tasting in Livermore and we have to say it was quite enjoyable.
There were beautiful meadows and lots of oak trees and very few people on our trip. It was a great way to spend the day and see something new in the Bay Area.
Yesterday we picked up our new Mazda5 from Almaden Mazda down in San Jose (one of our OnStation dealers). Should be a great little car for our family. We both really like the color. Sander will be riding around in his very own bucket seat.
We are all going to miss our little Subaru.
Our weekend started out with a Mom’s Group outing to the Claremont Spa for the morning and then all the Mom’s went out to lunch. Very relaxing. Some of the Dad’s got together with the babies at a local pub to hang out and get to know each other a little better. Sander was the only boy and had five little girls to impress. Might not ever get another chance like that. Grandma and Papa D came down on Saturday afternoon to help us celebrate Sander’s first Easter. Chris made his now famous pulled pork sandwiches, knowing his Dad would certainly enjoy them. Sander slept through this part of the celebration. We then played Hearts, a family favorite (things got a little out of hand and there might of been some name calling, we won’t mention who the super competitive one of the bunch was).
Sunday morning we had an indoor Easter egg hunt. There were a few hidden for Sander and he enjoyed putting them in his mouth. No doubt next years Easter egg hunt will be a different experience. Sander looked through his basket. He was pretty happy with what he found, a soft bunny to snuggle with (I was very glad it was not a real bunny).
Later that morning we were off to our next celebration at Lauren and Scott’s house. Our fourth year attending their Easter morning brunch. We had great food, a fun egg war and another Easter egg hunt (that’s right I won that one too). A good Easter weekend for us all.
Sander loves his exersaucer but he loves the camera and his Dad more. Chris is taking some pictures of Sander is action. We know we are going to have our hands full once this little guy can move on his own. He is already showing his determination for things and I imagine he will soon be moving towards everything he wants.
This weekend we visited our local cemetery to see all the tulips. They were having a tulip and art show where they showcased local florist shops. The cemetery also planted thousands of tulips throughout the grounds. They were quite beautiful. We think Sander enjoyed them as much as we did.